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Old 08-11-2011, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Lake Greenwood
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Default Bike Racks

I think we have a lot of bicycle riders on here, so hopefully someone will be able to give some input.

I just got rid of my truck and now have a car. With the car I can't throw my bike into the back of it, so I need to get a bike rack. I'm debating between a trunk mounted rack or a tow hitch mounted rack. The hitch rack would be a lot more expensive since I don't already have a receiver, and I have read that the trunk rack can damage the body. My car also has a spoiler on the rear, so that concerns me.

What is your experience? Do I go cheaper and go with the trunk rack, or play it safe with the hitch rack? Is there a brand that you recommend? If you prefer the hitch rack, did you have someone install the receiver or bolt it on yourself? How difficult was it?

Thanks.
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Old 08-11-2011, 02:00 PM
 
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I think we have a lot of bicycle riders on here, so hopefully someone will be able to give some input.

I just got rid of my truck and now have a car. With the car I can't throw my bike into the back of it, so I need to get a bike rack. I'm debating between a trunk mounted rack or a tow hitch mounted rack. The hitch rack would be a lot more expensive since I don't already have a receiver, and I have read that the trunk rack can damage the body. My car also has a spoiler on the rear, so that concerns me.

What is your experience? Do I go cheaper and go with the trunk rack, or play it safe with the hitch rack? Is there a brand that you recommend? If you prefer the hitch rack, did you have someone install the receiver or bolt it on yourself? How difficult was it?

Thanks.
I used a trunk rack before I got my truck, honestly, never had an issue, but I was really careful to clean the trunk with water and cloth before applying the rack, its the dirt particles that can damage your paint, not so much the rack itself if its applied properly.
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Old 08-11-2011, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Piedmont, SC
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We have a trunk rack that held two mountain bikes pretty well. One issue with that is that no matter how well we protected the bumper or positioned the bikes, there was one part of bumper that would always get rubbed. We haven't used on either of our newer cars, LOL.
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Old 08-11-2011, 02:44 PM
 
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I haven't bought a hitch mount yet, but that's the direction I'm leaning.

We had a trunk mount before and the foam on it dried out over time and began scratching the paint on the trunk. I could never quite get it tight enough so that it didn't move just a little when the bikes went on. It also became a bit of a hassle to put it on and take it off all the time.

Most of the trunk mount ones are adjustable enough to get them over spoilers (unless you have something really large), but it may take several adjustments to get it worked out.

For something like a bike rack, I'd probably mount the hitch myself. I know that I've seen them on a few online sites, and for my car at least, they can be mounted in existing holes in the frame without any drilling.

I saw two carriers (one roof mount, and one hitch mount) on Craigslist this morning so that may be an option to save a few bucks.
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Old 08-11-2011, 03:13 PM
 
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We have a trunk rack that held two mountain bikes pretty well. One issue with that is that no matter how well we protected the bumper or positioned the bikes, there was one part of bumper that would always get rubbed. We haven't used on either of our newer cars, LOL.
this is probably true with some cars, one thing you might want to do is purchase one and see the fit on the car, because they do shift around a bit while driving no matter how tight they are.

another thing I did want to mention is i'm not the type to bike every weekend, i'm more casual than that, so we didn't use ours constantly. with regular use I might have seen more wear on the trunk.
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Old 08-12-2011, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Lake Greenwood
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Sounds good. Thanks for the feedback. I think I'll look for a used trunk mount one for now and then get the hitch mount down the road when I have some spare bucks.
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Old 08-12-2011, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Piedmont, SC
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Someday, I might break down and put a roof mounted rack on my WRX. I'm not ready to do that, yet.
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Old 08-12-2011, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Lake Greenwood
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I'm not tall enough to do that.
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